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Frequently asked questions

Which is better cast aluminum or forged aluminum wheel spacers

 Both cast aluminum and forged aluminum wheel spacers have their advantages and disadvantages.

Cast aluminum wheel spacers are more affordable than forged ones. They are also easier to produce and manufacture. However, they are generally weaker and less durable than forged aluminum spacers.

Forged aluminum wheel spacers are more expensive than cast ones, but they offer superior strength and durability. They are also more resistant to corrosion and wear and tear.

Ultimately, the decision between cast and forged aluminum wheel spacers will depend on your budget.

All Tanked wheel spacers are made from forged aluminum
What is the difference between cast aluminum and forged aluminum

Cast aluminum and forged aluminum are two different processes used in the manufacturing of aluminum products. Cast aluminum is made by pouring molten aluminum into a mold and allowing it to solidify. This process is less expensive than forging, and it allows for more complex shapes and designs.

Forged aluminum, on the other hand, is made by heating a block of aluminum and then shaping it with a hammer or press. This process produces a stronger and more durable product than cast aluminum, but it is also more expensive.

Which one is better depends on the specific application and the desired properties of the product. Cast aluminum may be suitable for some applications where weight and cost are the primary factors, while forged aluminum may be preferred for applications where strength and durability are essential.

All Tanked wheel spacers are made from forged aluminum
Which is better 10.9 and 12.9 grade wheel studs

The choice between 10.9 and 12.9 grade wheel studs depends on the specific application and requirements. Both grades are high-strength and commonly used in automotive and mechanical applications, but 12.9 grade is stronger than 10.9 grade.

If you are looking for maximum strength and durability, then 12.9 grade wheel studs would be the better choice. They can withstand higher levels of stress and are less likely to fail under extreme conditions. However, if the application doesn't require the maximum strength, 10.9 grade wheel studs may be sufficient and could be a more cost-effective option.

All Tanked wheel spacers use 12.9 grade wheel studs


What do wheel spacers do

Wheel spacers are devices that are installed between a vehicle's wheel hub and the wheel itself, effectively pushing the wheel away from the hub. The primary function of wheel spacers is to widen the vehicle's track, which is the distance between the left and right wheels.

By moving the wheels outward, wheel spacers can improve a vehicle's handling by increasing its stability and grip, particularly during high-speed cornering. The increased track width can also help fill out the wheel wells for a more aggressive look, particularly if the vehicle has a lowered suspension or aftermarket wheels with a lower offset.

In addition, wheel spacers can also provide clearance for larger brake systems or suspension components that might otherwise interfere with the wheel. 


How do I fit the wheel spacers

Fitting wheel spacers involves the following steps:

  1. Gather the necessary tools and materials: You'll need a torque wrench, a jack, jack stands, a lug wrench, a wire brush, and the wheel spacers themselves.

  2. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel you're going to work on: Use the lug wrench to turn each nut counterclockwise about half a turn. This will make it easier to remove them later.

  3. Raise the vehicle: Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground, and then place jack stands under the vehicle for support.

  4. Remove the wheel: Use the lug wrench to remove the lug nuts and take off the wheel.

  5. Clean the hub and rotor: Use a wire brush to clean the hub and rotor where the spacer will be installed. This will ensure that the spacer sits flush against the hub and rotor.

  6. Install the wheel spacer: Slide the wheel spacer over the studs and onto the hub. Make sure the spacer is seated properly against the hub and rotor.

  7. Reinstall the wheel: Place the wheel back onto the studs and hand-tighten the lug nuts.

  8. Torque the lug nuts: Use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to the manufacturer's recommended torque specification. This is important for safety and to prevent damage to the wheel or spacer.

  9. Lower the vehicle: Use the jack to lower the vehicle back onto the ground.

  10. Repeat for other wheels: If you're installing spacers on all four wheels.

  11. Retorque all nuts after 50 miles


What are the advantages of hubcentric wheel spacers

Hubcentric wheel spacers have several advantages over other types of spacers, including:

  1. Improved Wheel Balance: Hubcentric spacers are designed to fit snugly over the hub of the wheel, which ensures that the wheel is centered and balanced correctly. This can help to reduce vibrations and improve overall ride quality.

  2. Increased Strength and Durability: Hubcentric spacers are typically made from high-quality materials that can withstand the forces and stresses of daily driving. This makes them less likely to warp, crack or break over time.

  3. Precise Fitment: Hubcentric spacers are designed to match the exact specifications of your vehicle's hub and wheel, which ensures a precise fitment. This can help to minimize the risk of wheel wobble or other handling issues that can occur with improper spacer installation.

  4. Easy Installation: Hubcentric spacers can be easily installed without the need for additional hardware or modifications. Simply bolt them onto your hub and mount your wheel onto the spacer.

  5. Improved Appearance: Hubcentric spacers can also improve the appearance of your vehicle by pushing the wheels out towards the edge of the fender. This can give your car a more aggressive stance and a more custom look.